Shareholder Disputes

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Shareholder disputes, corporate governance challenges and claims of shareholder oppression can be life threatening events for large public and closely-held businesses alike. Having represented hundreds of clients, ranging from minority and controlling interests to the directors and officers of multi-national, Fortune 500 public companies, Lindquist & Vennum attorneys offer an exceptional breadth of experience and depth of insight when crisis strikes.

We have a proven track record of successfully representing both majority and minority shareholders in cases involving all types of shareholder oppression: removal from the board of directors, failure to distribute dividends, refusal to provide corporate documents or information, reduction of management responsibility, and termination of employment. We work with appraisers and financial advisors toe stablish fair and reasonable terms of stock buy-outs and have substantial experience with dissenter's rights and other appraisal proceedings. Our attorneys have defended shareholder derivative and shareholder class action cases against corporate boards and executives, including efforts to halt multi-billion dollar mergers and acquisitions and stockholder challenges for corporate control. We have a successful track record of experience with special litigation committees that evaluate and make recommendations concerning shareholder derivative claims.

Our litigators are known for their ability to assess the issues of each unique matter and develop a sound and practical strategy to achieve the best possible result for our clients. We also regularly advise corporations and their boards and executives on matters related to fiduciary duties, indemnification, governance, disclosure, and internal investigations.

  • Charter Bank Eau Claire v. Todd L. Johnson—Obtained a judgment in a major dissenter’s rights business valuation lawsuit that the client’s representative described as a “three-run homer."
  • Developed and implemented a strategy for a group of minority employee/owners to gain control of a major software applications company.
  • Worked with an investor to obtain the full value for her shares in a competitive appraisal process.
  • Gerry Fisher v. Alebra Technologies—Defeated broad claims of former CEO of privately-held company concerning corporate governance and control.
  • F.P.C. Services v. Outland Renewable Energy—Successfully represented client in complex joint venture/partnership wind farm ownership dispute.
  • Represented shareholder in protracted lawsuit for control of a medical device company that had become an industry leader
  • Successfully defended majority owner in arbitration brought by minority owner of environmental consulting firm.
  • Defended financial institution and its management in wrongful termination case brought by employee-shareholder.
  • Negotiated exit package for minority owner of architect firm when business relationship of owners deteriorated.  

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